Youth charities benefit from $400,000 in donations from the TELUS Ottawa Community Board

Ottawa youth charities get a boost from TELUS funding

OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Grassroots youth-focused charities in the Ottawa region received a $400,000 financial boost from the TELUS Ottawa Community Board this year.

The TELUS Ottawa Community Board has supported 29 local organizations who work tirelessly to educate and empower youth to reach their full potential. Since it was launched in 2005, the Board has contributed more than $3.3 million to support 203 local projects that help improve education, health and quality of life for youth in Ottawa.

Today, TELUS also announced Arnie Vered, President of Arnon Corporation, as the new Chair of the TELUS Ottawa Community Board.

"TELUS has a long-standing tradition of investing in the future of our youth," said Arnie Vered, TELUS Ottawa Community Board Chair. "The positive impacts these investments will have for young people in our community are life-changing and will be felt for years to come."

In the past two years the TELUS Ottawa Community Board has provided in excess of $45,000 to the Youth Services Bureau to assist in building a new drop in centre. Janice Barresi, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Charitable Foundation, said, "TELUS is forward-thinking in recognizing the importance of empowering young people to help build stronger communities. We are deeply grateful for their ongoing commitment to youth in Ottawa."

"Since the opening of the centre earlier this year, we have seen a notable 17 per cent increase in the usage of the support and services available by homeless youth in the area. TELUS' commitment to utilize 100 per cent of their Community Board funding to support youth programs is definitely an investment that will continue to pay dividends for our community for the long-term," said Janice.

TELUS Ottawa Community Board Chair Arnie Vered is joined by the following distinguished board members: Peter Charbonneau - SkyPoint Capital; Barbara McInnes - Community Foundation of Ottawa; Michael Allen - United Way/Centraide Ottawa; Jim Orban - The Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation; Tuan Nguyen - Recycle Frog; and TELUS team members Ann Mainville-Neeson, Terry Nemeth, Michael Hennessy, Cecilia Ryan and Shannon Gorman.

About the TELUS Community Boards
TELUS Community Boards are an innovative model for funding youth-focused charities and put decision-making in the hands of local leaders who know their communities best. Eleven TELUS Community Boards are making a positive impact across Canada from coast-to-coast in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Rimouski, Quebec City, Atlantic Canada and the most recently launched board in the Thompson Okanagan region of B.C. Since their inception in 2005, the Community Boards have contributed $30 million to grassroots charitable organizations and supported more than 2,300 community projects. The TELUS Community Boards and the meaningful difference they make significantly contributed to TELUS receiving the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2010 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for the Most Outstanding Corporation globally. For more information about the TELUS Ottawa Community Board or to apply for funding, visit about.telus.com/community.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.3 billion of annual revenue and 12.6 million customer connections including 7.2 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 450,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

SOURCE TELUS Corporation

For further information:

Elisabeth Napolano
TELUS Media Relations
416-906-9830
Elisabeth.napolano@telus.com

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